The Clark Howard Podcast

The Clark Howard Podcast

Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for money expert Clark Howard; it’s a way of life. Clark and his crew — Team Clark — are on a mission to empower people to take control of their personal finances by providing money-saving tips, consumer advice, hot deals and economic news to help everyone achieve financial freedom. Clark is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and a consumer reporter for television stations around the country. His podcast, The Clark Howard Show, receives more than one million downloads each month and is a hub for listeners to get valuable advice on-demand any time. Clark answers questions on the most popular business and consumer topics including; how to buy a cars, financing a home, retirement planning, shopping for insurance and getting the most out of your savings. Join the conversation and submit your question to www.clark.com/askclark . Clark spearheads two free resources — Clark.com and ClarkDeals.com — to encourage consumers to save more, spend less and avoid ripoffs.

Episodes

July 22, 2024 37 mins
Changes are happening at 2 of Clark’s favorites retailers, Costco & Sam’s Club, that members need to know about. Also, Clark talks about why there are an increasing number of brownouts and blackouts across the country and how to be prepared without spending a fortune. Changes At Costco & Sam’s Club: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Be Prepared For Power Blackouts: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: New York ...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - Seniors are getting scammed more and more. But there are ways to help protect loved ones.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Senior Scam Alert: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark Howard's Simple Steps To Get Better Customer Service Do Not Give Your Social Security Number at These P...
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In today’s show - this is an election year, and we don’t do politics here. But we’re hearing all sorts of perspectives from across the political spectrum about whether Americans are doing better or worse than they were years ago. Clark cuts through the clutter to get at what’s really going on in a segment called Clarkonomics.  Also, what’s more American than good old USA legal tender? So what do you do when many places no longer ac...
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Today Clark talks about our two biggest cost areas -transportation and housing. There’s good news - and bad, depending on whether you’re looking to buy or sell a used car. Plus, the outlook for new car buyers. And, the American Dream has long included a vision of homeownership. But is it possible to build wealth while renting? Car Prices: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Wealth Building Rewrite: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 ...
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Today - Clark discusses what’s behind the collapse in customer service over the past 2 years and how savvy companies can distinguish themselves. Also, Tax ID theft remains a growing problem that can impact people for years. Know the two important steps tax filers can take now to protect their identity.  Customer No-Service: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Tax ID Theft: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Cus...
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In this episode - A new stat reveals what percentage of parents go into debt taking their children to Disney. You won’t believe it. Plus Clark has good news & booking tips for fall travelers. Also, AI is certainly shifting the landscape of many industries. So how can workers prepare for the changes it will bring? Disney Debt & Fall Travel: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 AI & The Job Market: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Ment...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, Clark discusses how he handles prescriptions in order to save money, and announces our new cash back credit card tool at Clark.com  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 PBMs and Your Rx Costs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: CREDIT CARDS - Clark.com Why Our Travel Expert Thinks This New Tool Is...
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Americans are learning to save more on groceries - Clark tells you how. Also, Clark discusses the REAL problem with the housing market in America and solutions that exist - mostly elsewhere. We need to get on this now.  Save More On Groceries: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Innovate Home Building: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: US shoppers tighten their belts in a most unlikely place: the grocery store...
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Now we’re learning that some apps are spying on drivers for the insurance industry - apps that could be on your phone right now.  Also, when’s the last time you checked your credit report? Clark explains why you should check routinely, and how to fix errors, which - unfortunately, are very common. Know the 3 things you can do right now to protect your credit.  Apps That Spy On How You Drive: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Credit...
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In today’s episode, Clark shares why he recently switched cell phone carriers, what the process was like, and which company he’s with now. There are so many opportunities to save on your monthly bill! Speaking of saving - is it really saving when you spend more to get a bigger discount? Clark talks about “spaving”. Clark’s Cell Carrier Switch: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The “Spaving” Trap: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 M...
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Today, Clark discusses USAA concerning the terrible customer-no-service we are hearing about in every area of their business - and the fraud going on from bank hackers in general. There are steps you can take to better secure your financial accounts. Also, doing business with a big broker does not mean you are going to have big cash returns. Clark explains full commission vs discount brokers.  USAA & Bank Hacking: Segment 1 Ask C...
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Happy 4th of July Weekend! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today -  Abandoned Places should NOT include your old 401(k). And big employers don’t want them. So new rules place this money at risk. Clark explains what’s happen...
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Happy 4th of July Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Because of the pandemic, many employees are entering an office environment for the first time, and companies are having to conduct special training to help them adjust. Clark has sage advice for remote workers making the transition into corporate culture.  Also today - After a period...
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Happy 4th of July Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Clark offers a primer on the 3 basic types of funds - Mutual, Index, and the fastest growing area of investing: ETFs. Also, there is a new rule for health insurers when you need medical preauthorization approval for treatment or a procedure. And it’s about time.  Back To Basics: ETF...
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Happy 4th of July Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Today, a Red Alert if you have a checkbook in your possession. Check theft is soaring at a time when people are writing fewer checks. Clark explains the weak links in the system, and the safest way to pay your bills. Also, the rising costs of homeowners insurance hits especially hard...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Clark talks about the changing nature of dining out, including shortened restaurant hours and the use of robots - trends that show how businesses adapt to labor shortages and other challenges. And Clark and producer Grace reflect on the personal and national significance of the 4th of July. Clark returns after...
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Today Clark goes back to basics on 403(b) plans and 401(k)s. And Speaking of saving, how about saving way more by doing a no-buy (except for necessities) month? Some people are managing to do just that! 403(b) & 401(k) Plans: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The No-Buy Challenge: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? (Clark.com) Pros and Cons of 403(b) Plans What Is a 40...
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Smaller retailers being beaten by Goliath big box stores is an ongoing concern. Clark discusses a notable exception and their secret to success. Also, if you’ve purchased Amazon’s electronics brands over the years, Clark has a money saving tip to keep in mind.  Small Business Success: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Save On Amazon Electronics: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How Ace Hardware, America’s n...
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Today, Clark talks about how much you can save by shopping mortgage rates. The difference can mean a savings of 6 figures over the life of a loan. Later - how do Shein and Temu keep their items so cheap?  Comparison Shop Mortgages: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Shein & Temu: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: New York Post: 5 states where homebuyers could save more than $100K by comparison shopping for a ...
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Clark explains the problems with Social Security funding, and how he would fix them. Another heated topic today - student loans. As interest rates on loans rise, Clark shares alternative ideas for funding college.  Social Security: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Student Loan Rates: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Social Security’s Funding Crunch Worsens as the Top 6% Get Richer Will Social Security Ru...
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